It's still "highly unlikely" that the
A recent report emerged that the two sides could still come to an agreement on a deal. The deadline to sign draft picks was actually July 18, but may have been extended in this case due to a clause proposed by Major League Baseball. Commissioner Bud Selig made some comments Wednesday hinting at a "hopeful solution," but it's unclear if that extends to Aiken. The Astros had similar signing issues with fifth-rounder Jacob Nix. Nix has filed a grievance against the club, which may allow him to sign after the deadline.
Friedrich is coming up despite a 7.00 ERA at that level and 9.45 ERA in three starts with Colorado. Williams owns a stat line of .256/.353/.368 with the Sky Sox.
Hamilton served as the club's designated hitter the past two days due to knee tightness. Playing the field would seem to indicate Hamilton has mostly recovered from the injury. He's hitting .263/.335/.424 over 304 at-bats.
A matchup against stud left-hander Clayton Kershaw has
Montero is 6 for 29 in his career against Kershaw and 19 for 91 against lefties this season.
Black, who first felt irritation last week in Oakland, gave up a run for the first time in seven appearances Saturday. He has not pitched since.
Segura has broken from a 2-for-26 slide with six hits in his last 13 at-bats.
Lowrie took two-handed swings in the cages prior to Wednesday's game. His throwing session went well Tuesday, and he seems to be making progress. He's planning to hit again Thursday. Lowrie has been out since August 13 with a finger injury.
Rosario is dealing with left wrist inflammation, and will need more time to recover. He's hit just .248/.289/.399 over 331 at-bats. Manager Walt Weiss hinted at the move late Tuesday, saying Rosario's wrist wasn't responding to treatment as well as the team had hoped.
Holliday slammed a solo home run in the second inning off Jeff Locke to sweeten his stat line on the season to .263/.364/.412. He has 13 home runs and 68 RBI on the year.